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March 20th @ 7:30 pm
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HamCation Record Attendance for 2016
When Orlando HamCation hosted the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention February 10-12, it posted a new attendance record. The Orlando show may now be the third largest ham radio gathering in the world, with an estimated 37,000 attendees in 2016.
Radio Caroline North returns online and on Manx Radio 1368AM this weekend with another live broadcast from the Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater
One of Caroline's first announcers was Carl Conway, who recently passed away at the grand old age of 95. We've unearthed a rare interview he gave a few years ago where he covers all aspects from his time with the station, and you'll hear it this weekend. Did you know he appeared in Doctor Who, and a Carry On film!
We've more great prizes to give away from Tiptree, and your emails are always welcome at email@example.com
So join us this Saturday and Sunday for Radio Caroline North.
• Our thanks to Mike Terry for the above information
Earth is about to enter a stream of solar wind flowing from a hole in the sun's atmosphere.
NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Feb. 23rd as the solar wind speed quickens to 550 km/s or more.
Arctic sky watchers should be alert for auroras on Thursday and Friday nights.
Updates and sightings @ Spaceweather.com
When Orlando HamCation hosted the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention February 10-12, it posted a new attendance record. As a result of its growing popularity, the Orlando show may now be the third largest ham radio gathering in the world — behind the JARL Tokyo Ham Fair, with an estimated 37,000 attendees in 2016, and Hamvention®, which attracts some 25,000 visitors each May. This year, HamCation logged a record 19,000 attendees, up from 2,000 last year, moving it ahead of Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
HamCation’s sponsor, the ARRL-affiliated Orlando Amateur Radio Club, has announced the retirement of HamCation Chairman Peter Meijers, AI4KM, who has headed up the show for 10 years. Michael Cauley, W4MCA, will succeed him. Cauley has served for 7 years as HamCation’s Tailgate Chairman, for 6 years as the IT Chairman, and for 1 year as Finance Chairman.[Read More...]
The CRS-10 mission carrying vital amateur radio equipment to the International Space Station launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 at 1439 UT on Sunday, February 19
Frank Bauer KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair and AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs writes:
Included as part of today's successful launch of the SpaceX Dragon vehicle to ISS is an ARISS Ericsson 2 meter VHF radio. This radio will replace the Ericsson radio that failed a few months ago. The VHF radio is used for school group contacts and amateur packet radio in the Columbus module. Once the Dragon vehicle is berthed to ISS, the Ericsson will be unstowed and, at some point, installed in Columbus, replacing the UHF radio that is now supporting APRS packet and some school contacts.[Read More...]
Two satellites with Amateur Radio transponder payloads have been selected for future NASA launches
AMSAT-NA reports TJREVERB is a CubeSat from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Alexandria, Virginia with a 435/145 MHz FM transponder.
HuskySat-1 has a 145/435 MHz SSB/CW transponder and was developed by students at the University of Washington in Seattle.
It is expected the launches will take place in the 2018-2020 time frame.
Read the AMSAT-NA story at
NASA Announces Eighth Class of Candidates for Launch of CubeSat Space Missions
Building on the success of three commemorative callsigns used by a team of enthusiastic radio amateurs to raise awareness of the Royal Australian Navy role in WWI, comes formal recognition of the Amateur Radio involvement.
The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, in a letter this week, has
commented particularly on the VI4SEA commemoration on the Centenary of the Battle between HMAS Sydney, and the German SMS Emden, off Cocos Keeling Island in the Indian Ocean.
In his letter addressed to Michael Charteris VK4QS the VI4SEA Team Leader, he said: “I commend you for your efforts in promoting awareness and remembrance of the RAN's first single-ship action at sea.
“The engagement between HMAS Sydney (I) and SMS Emden on 9 November 1914 represents an important milestone in our naval history, and I am encouraged by contributions such as yours to promoting our military heritage.”[Read More...]
A one-hour IRTS 80 metres Counties Contest takes place at 20:00 on Tuesday next, 21st February. There are SSB Only and mixed-mode SSB/CW sections, with double points for CW QSOs in the mixed-mode section. See www.irts.ie/contests for permitted frequencies and other rules. This short evening contest provides a great opportunity for anyone new to contesting to explore the competitive side of amateur radio.
Members of the EI DX Group are pleased to announce details of their forthcoming DXpedition to Nepal. March 8th to 20th will see this 11 man, all Echo India team run up to 5 stations from 80 metres through 10 metres on CW, SSB & Digital.
Nepal is currently number 91 Most Wanted DXCC in the world and an amazing number 31 most wanted in North America. Operating from a QTH at 5,600' above sea level, the team are looking forward to intense pile-ups.
For full information, please visit their website https://9n7ei.com
This weeks adventure will see us returning to Reed Canal Park for another attempt to see if we can get out further than the Daytona 500.
And as it is customary, we will retire to a local gourmet paradise (Wendy's on Ridgewood and Big Tree) to replenish our fading electrolytes.
See you there
In the last reporting week (February 9-15) average daily sunspot numbers declined from 21.3 to 17.6, and average daily solar flux rose from 73.5 to 75.1. Average planetary A index dropped from 12.9 to 4.7, and mid-latitude A index from 9.9 to 2.9.
Predicted solar flux is 74 on February 17-19, then 77, 80, 83, 85 and 80 on February 20-24, 78 on February 25-26, 76 on February 27-28, 75 on March 1-2, 73 on March 3-4, 72 on March 5-7, 73 and 74 on March 8-9, 75 on March 10-11, 78 on March 12-15, 80 on March 16-18, then 82, 85 and 82 on March 19-21, 80 on March 22-23, 78 on March 24-25, 76 on March 26-27, 75 on March 28-29 and 73 on March 30-31.
Predicted planetary A index is 12, 10 and 8 on February 17-19, 5 on February 20-21, 8 and 14 on February 22-23, 10 on February 24-25, then 5, 25, 30, 25 and 20 on February 26 through March 2, 15 on March 3-5, 8 on March 6, 5 on March 7-12, then 8, 12 and 10 on March 13-15, 8 on March 16-17, 5 on March 18-20, then 10 and 15 on March 21-22, then 10 on March 23-24 and 5, 25, 30, 25 and 20 on March 25-29, and 15 on March 30 through April 1.[Read More...]
Radio Amateurs of Canada would like to welcome Frank Davis, VO1HP, as the Deputy Director for the Atlantic Region. RAC Atlantic Director, Dave Goodwin, VE9CB, appointed Frank as Deputy Director on February 8, 2017.
Frank is a very well-known and well-respected Radio Amateur from St John’s and Carbonear, Newfoundland. He has been an Amateur for over 50 years and brings a wealth of Amateur Radio and professional experience to RAC. He will be an important source of sage advice.
Frank is an avid 160m DXer with over 200 countries on “Top Band” and is currently involved in a project to bridge the Atlantic on 144 MHz by terrestrial propagation modes.
Frank’s predecessor as Atlantic Deputy Director was Len Morgan, VE9MY, of Baxter’s Corner, near Saint John, New Brunswick. Len has served RAC and Canadian Amateur Radio with great distinction as a past Atlantic Director and Deputy Director, and he continues to serve as the Manager of the RAC Incoming QSL Bureau. Thank you for many years of outstanding work, Len.
Dave Goodwin, VE9CB
RAC Atlantic Director
The Field Day 2017 packet now is available from the ARRL website. Field Day 2017 is June 24-25 — always the fourth full weekend in June. There have been no significant rule changes from 2016.
The Field Day packet contains everything you or your club will need to succeed in June, including explanations, FAQs, articles from experts, and even a log page template, if you log on paper for FD. For more information on Field Day, contact the ARRL Contest Branch. firstname.lastname@example.org
Turks and Caicos Islands
Members of the Minnesota Wireless Association (MWA) will be active as VP5K from Jody's, VP5JM QTH on Providenciales Island (NA-002), during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power operation.
Operations mentioned are Pat/K0PC and Bill/AC0W, and they will be active as VP5/K0PC and VP5/AC0W outside of the contest between February 15-22nd. QSL VP5/K0PC and VP5K via K0PC, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. QSL VP5/AC0W via AC0W, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
The FCC has invited comments on the ARRL’s January 12 Petition for Rule Making to allocate a new, contiguous secondary band at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service. The League also asked the Commission to keep four of the current five 60-meter channels — one would be within the new band — as well as the current operating rules, including the 100 W PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal government is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The FCC has designated the League’s Petition as RM-11785 and put it on public notice. Comments are due Monday, March 20. ARRL plans to file comments in support of its petition.[Read More...]
There’s an important birthday celebration in West Chester this year: the 75th anniversary of the Voice of America.
“We’re planning a series of events and exhibits this year to celebrate the VOA’s commitment across America and the world to embrace best practices in telling the truth in order to let the world decide,” said Jack Dominic, museum executive director.
The VOA was formed in 1942 as a way to counteract Nazi propaganda in Germany and provide war news to American troops and Allies overseas.
“WLWO, a division of WLW, was transmitting news via shortwave radio overseas long before 1942,” said Dominic. “In fact, broadcasters from WLWO provided the nucleus of the early VOA broadcasting team. Cincinnati’s shortwave technology and its broadcasters truly helped the U.S. win the war.”
The reentrant rhombic antennas at the VOA-Bethany station in West Chester were so powerful that they became quickly known as the “siege guns of radio” for their capacity to reach the far corners of Nazi-occupied countries with little audible distortion. A frustrated Adolph Hitler was known to call the VOA “those Cincinnati liars.”[Read More...]
#HamRadio ops in California are standing by to assist with the #OrovilleSpillway emergency. http://www.arrl.org/…/amateur-radio-emergency-service-volun… #OrovilleDam
The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports a mysterious “foghorn” — a Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) burst radar — is operating in Amateur Radio bands.
“We observed the mysterious foghorn on 7, 10, and 14 MHz,” the newsletter recounted. “This is a Chinese OTH radar, which is often jumping, and sounding like a foghorn.” The signal is frequency modulation on pulse (FMOP) with 66.66 sweeps-per-second bursts.
Other intruders reported by the IARUMS include a Russian frequency-shift- keying (FSK) signal from Kaliningrad on 7,193 kHz, and a Russian FSK signal on 7,193 kHz (50 baud, 200 Hz shift). German telecommunications authorities have filed another complaint.
The latest IARUMS newsletter also reports strong splatter from Radio France International (RFI) on 7,205 kHz down to 7,186 kHz. The French REF has informed RFI and French telecommunications authorities.[Read More...]
On Sunday, February 12 Radio Emma Toc broadcast live from the famous Marconi 2MT Writtle Hut located in Sandford Mill museum
During the "Chelmsford Calling" show presenter Jim Salmon 2E0RMI interviewed several special guests.
These included Pete Sipple M0PSX from Essex Ham, Tim Wander G6GUX Consultant at Sandford Mill and Chelmsford Museums and Christopher Chapman G0IPU Training Coordinator for the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS).
2017 marks the 95th anniversary of the start of the UK's first ever regular, advertised broadcast radio station, 2MT, which came live from Writtle in Essex.
To commemorate this anniversary, and to celebrate the young, pioneering team of engineers, the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society are transmitting from the same building from where the original broadcasts commenced. One of their members, Jim Salmon 2E0RMI, is also be operating a three-day (Feb 12-14) internet radio service, Radio Emma Toc, featuring radio related documentaries, vintage comedies and live programmes from various locations.[Read More...]
In less than two weeks, on Sunday February 26th, the
Central Coast Amateur Radio Club in New South Wales, Australia will be putting on their annual Hamfest (or Field day as these are called in Australia) at the Wyong rcecourse.
In the club's 60th year, this will again be the largest gathering of radio hams in the Southern Hemisphere.
As well as commercial and flea market traders, demonstrations of Drones, ATV and DMR radio, there are two full programs of lectures on many aspects of the hobby. The raffle will have two of the latest ICOM radios, an ID-51A and an ID-5100, to be won. There's even on-site US and Australian licence tests as well as a Foundaton licence course the day before at the clubrooms.
To attract youth, under 17 year olds have free admission and for the rest it's only $10. access is easy via car or railway with a free shuttle bus from the station to the event. Gates open at 8:30am for a full day of fun.
Full details at fieldday.org.au
On behalf of the CCARC, this is
An amateur radio balloon K2BSA-11 transmitting 144.390 MHz APRS will launch from the 2017 National BSA Jamboree
The launch is planned for 1400 UT on July 20 and will be carried out by Bill Brown WB8ELK, Keith Kaiser WA0TJT and other members of the K2BSA Radio Scouting team from the Summit Bechtel Reserve, Scout reservation in West Virginia.
It is hoped the balloon will circumnavigate the Earth.
Mike 2E0YYY, Andrew VK1AD and Ed DD5LP are planning another long path propagation SOTA Summit to Summit event for Saturday 11 March 2017 starting at 06:30 UTC.
Activity will be SSB or CW on 20 metres and going by the last action in October 2016, over 30 summits are expected to be active concurrently over Europe, Australia, New Zealand and possibly Japan.
Check reflector.sota.org.uk for details.
Now that I have my final weekend schedule, I am postponing the Wednesday class and working on a weekend class to start somewhere in March. Stay tuned.
Nominations are being sought for "Awards for Services to the Society or to Amateur Radio" and "Awards to IRTS members for other Achievements. Submissions are welcome and should be sent to Jim Holohan EI4HH, Awards Manager. Email holohaj2 /at/ hotmail.com.
A team of German operators will be active as XX9D from Macao from 13th until 26th February. They will be on CW, SSB and RTTY with 3 stations active 24/7. QSL via Club Log OQRS.
Tim LW9EOC will be QRV from San Andres Island as 5J0NA. Also with him is Will AA4NC who will sign 5K0N and Ron AA4VK who will be on the air as AA4VK/HK0. San Andres Island counts as NA-033 for the Islands on the Air Award.
Several U.S. operators will travel to Guantanamo Bay from 10th to 24th February. Look for the callsigns KG4WV, KG4AW, KG4DY and KG4ZK.
Alain F5OZC and Sebastien F8DQZ will be in the Los Islands (IOTA ref. AF-051) until 26th February. The Los Islands are off the coast of Guinea in west Africa and the callsign being used is 3XY3D.[Read More...]
Scott Spratt of NOAA had a great response from the local community in response to the SkyWarn training sessions at the new EOC Building in DeLand. This group definitely had questions, and learned quite a bit.
Hope to see him again soon.
AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL are delighted to now be able to confirm that the Nayif-1 1U CubeSat, which has a full FUNcube payload, is now scheduled for launch on an Indian PSLV launch vehicle at 03:58 UT on February 15, 2017. The flight, C-37, will be carry a total of 104 satellites into orbit.
Nayif-1 team members after completion of the assembly
and integration of the CubeSat
Nayif-1 has been developed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and American University of Sharjah (AUS). The UAE’s first Nanosatellite was developed by Emirati engineering students from AUS under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC within the framework of a partnership between the two entities, aiming to provide hands-on experience to engineering students on satellite manufacturing.
The spacecraft includes a U/V linear transponder and telemetry transmitter. It employs enhanced oscillator circuitry and includes an active attitude determination and control system.[Read More...]